Cheddar 21 Year Old Vintage 1997 Quarter Pound

Cheddar 21 Year Old Vintage 1997 Quarter Pound

5 Customer Ratings
Item Number: #1114
Weight: 0.25lbs

Do you seek the exceptional? This 21 Year Old Cheddar isn't just cheese - it's a work of art. This limited edition cheese is not to be missed. It's smooth, sharp, and bursting with flavor. Spread throughout is crystallization that can only be found in a fine aged cheese. Those little crunchy bits found on and around aged cheeses (specifically our vintage Cheddar collection) are known as calcium lactate crystals. As the cheese is aged, the protein chain begins to unravel and the little deposits form. These cheese crystals don't just add extra crunch, they indicate that the cheese will have an extremely bold and complex flavor. Without a doubt, this is a cheese to savor. Alto Logo One of the rarest cheeses in the world, this cheese is beyond sharp. Produced at the famed Alto Dairy Cooperative on May 2, 1997 in Vat 9 in Black Creek, Wisconsin. This Cooperative has over 500 member farmers. In 2007, this Black Creek plant was featured on the series Modern Marvels. Alto Dairy Cooperative was sold to Saputo Cheese in 2013

Quarter Pound Piece

Cheese Profile


  • young
  • medium
  • aged
  • old


  • soft
  • medium
  • hard
  • brittle


  • mild
  • medium
  • strong
  • pungent

Pairing Recommendations

  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Chardonnay
  • Malbec
  • Merlot
  • Pinot Noir
  • Zinfandel
  • Riesling
  • IPA
  • Belgian Ale
  • Cider
  • Porter
  • Stout

Other Cheese Pairings
Savory Crackers, Crusty Artisan Bread, Dried Fruit, Nuts, Pork, Chicken

Product Reviews (6)

21 year old
By james greene

love the sharp pungent flavor it gives.

By Claire Swinford

Easily the sharpest flavor I have ever experienced. And truly worth it for the experience. But not something I would need to buy twice. Great blast of flavor, decent crystalization, and surprisingly creamy for it's age. However, age seems to have sapped all depth and nuance from the flavor profile - it offers an intense blast of sharpness, with nothing behind it but more sharpness.

Love it!
By Todd Linn


My thoughts on this cheese
By mark rovinsky

I ordered the 200.00 a pound cheese with joy and anticipation. I know it is not easy to keep perishables cold, but 3 standard ice bags were not appropriate for 20 year old cheese. The cheese was very moist and slimy in the little packets that seem to have been pre made. I was also hoping to taste the crunchy bits inside older cheese, but didn't. The cheese was nice and sharp, did have a lingering after taste. All in all, I'm glad I tried it, but would be equally happy with a less expensive cheese. I would not buy it again. I think buying it at the store would be wise. Or package it so it stays cold.

Pretty delicious
By Kristen Catalano

So good! I think I like 12 yr better though.

Alma Michigan Highland Festival
By Jack Keys

This makes my 6th year attending this Scottish Highlands Festival, and it makes my 5th year brining along aged Scotch Whiskey, Usinger Sausage, and a very fine collection of Cheese Marts Cheddar Cheese which has always been a crowd pleaser. I always try to bring along aged cheddar 15-28 years old so people can really enjoy the rich tastes of your cheeses. This year I've also brought your Cheddar 5 pack of cheeses so they can see how much better the older cheese progresses with age. Thanks for your truly remarkable cheddar. I still remember your 40-year old cheddar which was a once in a lifetime opportunity. Mmmmmmm!

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